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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 8, 2007 2:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Childhood Songs

One of my favourite finds in my mother's record collection was a Les Paul and Mary Ford album with great songs like 'How high the moon?' 'Mocki' Bird hill' and 'Bye bye Blues'. Les was (is?) an astonishing guitar player who was definitely way ahead of his time. As well as having great technique he was a master of the studio (one of the first to do multitrack recording) and produced sounds that just hadn't been heard before when he recorded in the early 1950s. To my young ears it was just astounding that one guy and six strings could produce that sound - actually it still is. I'm sure many of today's guitar players owe an awful lot to Les Paul.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Jan 8, 2007 5:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Childhood Songs

I had to respond to this one cos its a challenge to remember that far back. My mum and dad were both classical and snobby with it, but I liked 'peter and the wolf', the flight of the bumble bee', 'the ride of the valkyrie'. The only music for us kids here in the UK at that time (cos dad was at the golf course and mum was shopping)was 'children's hour with uncle mac' on a saturday morning, with such classics as 'the runaway train' and 'nellie the elephant', which I still find myself singing at odd moments, which says a lot about my poor psyche. I remember liking 'running bear' by johnny preston cos it had a great story and a great beat.

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Poster: daliguana Date: Jan 8, 2007 5:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Childhood Songs

My mom and I used to listen to the American Top Forty on Saturdays. In '77 (or '78) my mom won a contest and we got the entire top forty for that week. I remember the Bee Gees represented pretty heavy that week. I played the heck out of those albums. My favorite albums were Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life, Elton John's Mr. Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (used to sit and look at that album cover all day), Stars on 45 sing the Beatles, Eric Carmen (All By Myself), we were also flush with Neil Diamond, ABBA, Olivia Newton John (Have You Ever Been Mellow, anyone?), Capitan and Taneil (my real nickname is Muskrat Love), and Barry Mannilow was another favorite of mine. I often wonder just what I'm doing to my daughter, being that I grew up on some of the SQUAREST music out there. I can imagine her growing up on the Dead, and really loving them until she reaches 13 then turning on them like I did to Barry and going the complete opposite. I look forward to being the father of the charter member of the Clay Aiken tour-heads.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 8, 2007 5:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Childhood Songs

Hello there, Jerrob. Thought i'd just say hi as a fellow UK poster. Nice to have someone in the same time zone - I always seem to miss out on the best of the goings on here!

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Jan 8, 2007 5:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Childhood Songs

Hi Rob I've been following your posts with interest. Thanks for saying hello. I feel quite at home already here. Wish I could stay on all day. We miss out on a lot i think, mainly due to the high cost of postage. I've never been to the States but I'd love to go. I'd take loads of dosh (wishful thinking) and buy all those great records we can't get here.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 8, 2007 6:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Childhood Songs

Good to have you onboard. I was really uncertain about making that first post - now i just pile right in! You can always order things via the net - just do it in small quantities so customs and excise don't get suspicious! What are you interested in - besides the Dead of course?

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Jan 8, 2007 8:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Favorite Childhood Songs

Well that could probably take up a whole thread in itself. But really I only listen to the Dead these days. When I first discovered the internet and typed Grateful Dead in the search box, I can't describe my feelings when I found whole shows there and then when I started to listen...nuff said. But in the 60's and early 70's there was so much outstandingly superlative-busting music coming from the states. Everything from the Allmans to Zappa, with Dylan, Fugs, Canned Heat, Love, Pearls Before Swine,
H.P.Lovecraft, Moby Grape, Country Joe & the Fish, Airplane, Tim Buckley, John Fahey, Quicksilver and those are only the ones off the top of my head. There was also loads of obscure stuff, which are only the shadow of a distant memory now.
I do sometimes go to the gdstore and dream of investing in some of the treasure there.